How to Write a Strong Plot for Children's Historical Action and Adventure
When creating a children's historical action and adventure novel, authors have a unique ability to absorb the material of the time period and render it with economy. They have a knack for providing just enough detail to make the material real, while superimposing the activities of child characters to create a compelling story. Using a rich palette of colors and textures, these authors create a compelling story, and kids will love it!
Among the best known characters in children's historical action & adventure is the Queen of England. However, the Queen is only a minor character in many historical action and adventure stories. Young readers will likely identify with the Queen and her infamous henchmen. A book's setting can also be a significant character. A story set in the early 1900s during the gold rush in Canada, such as "Call of the Wild," can be considered a historical action & adventure story.
In children's historical fiction, characterization is key. Children develop an interest in history when they become aware of their personal history. Often, authors choose volatile eras for their historical fiction stories. Historical fiction for children is more difficult to write, because children are often not familiar with such volatile subjects as slavery or World War I. For this reason, the characters in children's historical fiction need to be more mature than those in other genres.
In children's historical fiction, writers strive to combine real events with fictional characters and plotlines in a way that captures young readers' attention. In the most successful novels, authors have combined historical facts with modern concepts to create a narrative voice that engages and entertains young readers. A new wave of writers has emerged, which uses more contemporary concepts and portrays women in a more positive light.
The main difference between strong and weak plots in a children's historical action & adventure story is its direction. A strong plot will follow a clear path to its conclusion, and the message it conveys will resonate with young readers. In contrast, a weak plot will be less engrossing. This is why it's essential to understand the plot of your story. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Whether it's the story of a young American girl's journey to gain independence from England or the battle that led to the French and Indian War, Messages in Children's Historical Action and Adventure books can help children understand the meaning of history. Elvira Woodruff's bestselling novel George Washington's Socks introduces children to the American Revolution through the eyes of a young girl. The five protagonists-Matthew, Quentin, Tony, and Katie-return to Trenton via a mysterious rowboat, where they encounter revolutionaries, Hessian soldiers, and George Washington.
In another title, Boston Tea Party: A Kid's Guide to American Revolution History, a young boy learns about the founding fathers and how they affected the country. In another book, he re-enacts the Battle of Cowpens. The activities in this book include dressing up in revolutionary clothing and a fringed hunting shirt. The story also offers a chance to learn more about the American Revolution's founding fathers through true accounts.
Each child's favorite book character has specific personality traits that help them stand out in the crowd. Each character has unique attributes, which coalesce into a complex personality. Among the most important aspects of personality is the character's worldview, or set of beliefs that influences the way they view themselves, others, and the world around them. The worldview of a character is a critical aspect of their life and behavior.
Whether they're positive or negative, characters often display certain behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs. These traits can be either positive or negative, and they are most often revealed through the actions and dialogue of the characters. Character traits can also be used to determine if a story is engaging or is not. For example, the protagonist in a story may have a positive trait like independence. But that same trait may also indicate a character's aloofness, which is a negative trait. The protagonist, on the other hand, may have a more positive trait, such as a love of family and community.
One important trait to look for when evaluating a character's behavior is the way he reacts to different situations. A good example of this is anger, which should not look the same on all characters. Similarly, a character's physical appearance is important in making a character relatable to the reader. Those who have trouble with emotions need not be aloof. Instead, they should be compassionate and understanding.
A child's interest in historical events and historical figures is likely to be further stimulated when they learn about the role played by women in history. A popular example of this is the story of a young boy who joins the Union army to save the day at Gettysburg. The main character, Gabe, is an eleven-year-old bugle boy who struggles with his responsibility to protect the people he loves while fighting for the Union. A book about this time period for young readers is "Gabe's Gettysburg," a longer picture book featuring a character that lives during the Civil War.
Messages about race and class
During the 1930s and 1940s, the books and magazines published for children were mostly white, with a few notable exceptions. Most of these books were paternalistic and condescending, with images of Black children portrayed as caricatures and servile to white characters. One exception to this is Jane Andrews' "Seven Little Sisters," which was a popular book at the time and still is. The book included a Black baby.
"Hansel and Grethel" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is a classic children's fairytale about two orphaned Black children who outsmart a witch and an evil stepmother. This book incorporates many of the topics we have discussed in class and is both child-centered and progressive. It also explores the role of the child in history, and what that means in the present day.
The children's novel is a compelling example of historical fiction for young readers. The protagonist, Kingston "King" Reginald James, has lost his older brother, Khalid, but is still haunted by his memory. He suspects the man, Charles Sanders, is Sandy's father, despite the fact that he is a racist. In this tale, a Black boy struggles to find his own place in the world and navigate the pressures of his class and race.